Fairburn-Sykes Fighting Knife, better known as the British Commando Knife.
Captured paratroopers of the 1st British Airborne Division in Arnhem, 1944
1945 British Army Machete Made From Sheffield Steel.
WWII British Sailor Uses Signal Lights on Deck of HMS BATTLER.
SFA-Flight At Dusk.
Using signal lights, a British officer skillfully brings in a Swordfish plane to the flight deck of the H.M.S. Battler escort carrier built in the U.S. and serving in the Royal Navy. A soda fountain and a cafeteria dining hall for 70 officers and 450 men are signs of the Battler’s american birth. She was built and christened at Pascagoula on the Gulf of Mexico, joined there by her British complement.
Credits Line ACME, 5/24/43.
I would like to borrow your coat old chap
Two soldiers, one wearing a huge fur jacket, during World War I. This ray of humour and friendship in an otherwise bleak and depressing landscape is unfortunately unatrributable to any one war photographer. The landscape in the background is typical of a lot of scenes in this collection: muddy, flat and bombed-out. The two men in the centre of the scene, however, are the focus, especially as the left man’s huge, white fur jacket draws the eye and invites curiosity. They are shaking hands across a muddy ditch which gives the scene an air of immediacy.
Sadly parts of this caption are now missing and so this quote is only fragmentary. This photograph occurs at the end of the collection and so both the captioning and storage were perhaps a little more haphazard with less attention to detail than those catalogued earlier.
[Original reads: ‘I would like to borrow your coat old chap.’]
Generals Bubbles Barker And Monty.
A poster encouraging parents to evacuate their children after the Blitz began.